Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has urged the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to implement the most crucial reform aspect of the Patterson Report.Telling the WICB president Dave Cameron that reform was the “duty of his generation”, Sir Hilary pointed to Carlos Brathwaite’s heroics of four sixes off the first four balls of the final over in the men’s final which fired West Indies to victory over England and stressed that it was now left to the regional governing body to complete the process.”All that is now required is for the WICB, president and directors, to complete the over,” Sir Hilary said in a letter to media.”There are two balls left to face, one is to accept the governance reform that calls for the Council of Stakeholders as set out in the Patterson Report, and the other is to recognise that by accepting the governance interdependence of cricket and society is not to lose autonomy.”The players have done their job on the field. It is now for the president, whose heart resides in cricket as much as any one of us, to do his and lead his board boldly into the rest of the decade with public support and popular legitimacy.”The Patterson Report, commissioned by the WICB and authored by former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, was produced in 2007, but its main recommendations have been ignored by the WICB.Among these proposals are the implementation of a Council of Stakeholders, comprising 23 members and, according to the Report, “representative of a wide cross section of stakeholders and will determine policies and strategies and provide guidance for the development of West Indies cricket”.This council would appoint the president, vice-president and the executive directors.West Indies cricket is being destroyed by “internal conflict and acrimony.”Without this reform, West Indies runs the risk of being razed to the ground by internal conflict and acrimony,” he pointed out.”The golden monument we have all built as a tribute to our cultural tenacity and collective wisdom must come first. This is your task, Mr President. It’s a duty of your generation.”Noticeably, Sir Hilary made no reference to the most recent Caricom-commissioned Governance Report, which last year called for the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB.Speaking last November after the report was made public, Sir Hilary said he believed institutions like UWI and the WICB needed to be “preserved for posterity”, but also adapt to changing times.- CMC
Teams for Courtney Walsh Award? – CHASE chairman urges consideration for units that fit selection criteria
Chairman of the Courtney Walsh Award selection committee, Brian George, suggested that as the prestigious Award evolves, teams could be considered as possible candidates for selection. George pointed to the Sunshine Girls as an example of a team that truly epitomised the values and character of the Courtney Walsh Award, which is hosted by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund. “As we talk about the harmonious development and contribution to country, and we consider the values of what the Courtney Walsh award stands for, teams such as the Sunshine Girls come to mind … . They are examples that truly epitomise the values and character of what the Courtney Walsh Award represents. I hope the committee will consider this going forward,” said George. He added that sports should represent fair play and respect for others. “Sports is more than just about winning and achieving great results on the field, but should represent fair play, respect for others and respect for the rules and harmonious development and contribution to a country,” the selection committee chairman pointed out at the 11th annual opening of nominations for the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. The launch took place at Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston last Thursday. In appealing to the wider community to send in nominations, George urged them not to always look for the obvious choice or be seduced into thinking that it is a popularity award, but rather to select someone in the sporting field who genuinely represents the characters of sportsmanship set out in the criteria for selection. Minister with responsibility for sport, Natalie Neita-Headley, said she noted with pride that apart from the resilience and excellence being displayed among our athletes, there was also the growing trend of humility, which was one of the main criteria for selection in the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. “It’s not about the beating of the chest, but being grateful to God, to their coaches and managers for guiding them this far,” noted Neita-Headley. She also expressed her gratitude to CHASE for partnering in the process of celebrating excellence in sports. outstanding achievement The criteria for selection stipulate that the awardee must be Jamaican and possess qualities that include a history of outstanding achievement in their chosen sport, with notable achievements in the calendar year preceding the award; a spirit of sportsmanship and goodwill; appropriate leadership skills; appropriate deportment, a high level of discipline and integrity, both inside and outside of the sports arena and humility even in the face of victory. The winner of the award will receive $500,000 and an exquisitely designed crystal trophy. Male and female athletes at the secondary level will again be recognised with an award at this year’s ceremony for both academic and sporting achievements. The first awards were presented in 2013. Winners will be presented with a cash award of $250,000 and trophies. Nominations for the award close on September 18, with the award ceremony taking place on October 15 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel. The selection committee includes Mike Fennell, president, Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA); Horace G. Helps, senior journalist; Compton Rodney, JOA; Don Anderson, chairman, Institute of Sports; Dr Walton Small, president, ISSA; Donovan Bennett, secretary, Jamaica Cricket Association; and representing CHASE, Saleem Lazarus, Dr Winston Dawes and Fae Ellington.
Gregory Messam Jr has been given the responsibility of spearheading St George’s College’s attack this FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup season, and the second-generation national footballer started the campaign with a bang, as he led the North Street-based school with a hat-trick in their 9-0 rout against Kingston Technical High School (KTHS) in their opening Group C game at Winchester Park yesterday.St George’s only scored one goal in the first half.Messam Jr netted in the 21st, 57th and 64thminutes, while Alex Marshall got a brace (90, 90+7) and Shevon Stewart (59th), Jevoun McKellar (68th) and Stephen Gilzene (90+6) one each.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 players when Dejeun Hayle was red-carded midway the second half.Last season, Messam Jr played on the flank with much success, but, according to assistant coach Marcel Gayle, the departure of central striker Amoy Brown left a big void, and Messam Jr was the obvious replacement.testimony of ability”He is a fantastic player, a kid every coach would want in their team,” Gayle commented. “But we were looking for a number nine, and we were looking, looking, and he was right in front us, and today is testimony of his ability.”I hope he can get a hat-trick every game, even though that’s not possible. I hope he gets better as the competition goes on,” he added.The star-studded St George’s, which boast players like Paul Young Jr, Gilzene, Dominic James, Stewart, Marshall, McKellar, and Messam, controlled the game from the start, but wasted countless opportunities to go ahead until Messam capitalised on a pass from Marshall to put the hosts ahead 1-0.After the interval, the Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-coached team ran riot, and two early strikes sealed Messam’s three-timer. His second-half goals were sandwich by a Stewart strike, which was followed by another from McKellar.Kingston Technical were reduced to 10 men when Hayle saw red for handball, when the ball appeared to come off his face.Stewart added two late goals, and Gilzene netted in between his strikes to seal the biggest win of the schoolboy football season thus far.In other Group C games, Innswood stopped Ardenne 2-0 with goals from Akeem Gibbons and Steve Harris, while Denham Town edged Eltham 1-0.In Group B, Greater Portmore held Hydel to a 1-1 draw, Dunoon edged Haile Selassie 1-0, while Papine drew 1-1 with eight-man Cumberland.In Group F, Excelsior beat Ascot 4-0, Jonathan Grant turned back Norman Manley 3-2 with a brace from Geovanni Shorter, and Vauxhall defeated Spanish Town 2-0.Yesterday’s ResultsGroup BPortmore 1 Hydel 1Dunoon 1 Haile Selassie 0Papine 1 Cumberland 1Group CSt George’s 9 KTHS 0Innswood 2 Ardenne 0Denham Town 1 Eltham 0Group FExcelsior 4 Ascot 0Jonathan Grant 3 Norman Manley 2Vauxhall 2 Spanish Town 0Today’s gamesGroup DPenwood vs Charlie SmithSt Mary’s College vs STATHSGroup EKingston High vs BridgeportSt Jago vs MonaGroup GJose Marti vs CampionCamperdown vs WaterfordAll games start at 3:30.pm.
Former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry was slapped with a 20-raceday suspension by the stewards for his failure to ride MEET JUSTIN on its merits in accordance with Rule 200 in the fourth race at Caymanas Park on Sunday, July 26.The Patrick Lynch-trained MEET JUSTIN finished fourth to 30-1 outsider DON TUDOR over the straight in a three-year-old maiden condition race. The stewards, however, were not satisfied with the ride and summoned the jockey to an enquiry on Tuesday last.Henry’s suspension takes effect on Saturday, October 10, and he will then be out of action for the rest of the year. He has appealed the ban and $10,000 fine.This is the second lengthy suspension imposed on Henry by the Jamaica Racing Commission in his career, the first for his ride aboard Richard Azan’s JAZZY JET eight years ago.Henry resumed riding at Caymanas Park in June following a four-year riding stint on the North American circuit. He came straight out of Florida to ride at Caymanas and since his return, has ridden 17 winners.Henry, 41, started riding in 1996, winning his first and only championship as an apprentice the following year.
Western Bureau:Clarendon College head coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis said the loss to Dinthill Technical in the daCosta Cup on Tuesday will have no bearing on his team’s chances against Wolmer’s Boys in the ISSA/Flow Super Cup quarter-finals, starting at6 p.m., the second game of a double-header at Sabina Park.The first game pits Glenmuir High against St George’s College at 4 p.m.According to Davis, that result, though not what they desired, is already out of their thinking, as they now have a Wolmer’s team very much up for the contest in the cross hairs.”As usual, we are confident, and are looking forward to a good game. I know Wolmer’s are a very good team, but we also have what it takes to triumph and to move on,” Davis said.That surprise loss was the first of the season for Clarendon College, but the champions they are will not allow them to surrender.The talented Joel Sterling is back from injury, and that should add some fireworks up front. Also, Seigle Knight and Roger Russell in combination are dangerous for this Clarendon side.HUNTING ALL FOUR TITLES”It is a long season. [There are] four trophies on offer and we are still in the hunt for all of them, so it means we are on track. We will not allow that loss to affect us. Wolmer’s are in front of us, and we need a victory. That is what we are featuring right now – a victory,” Davis noted.”We are settled, comfortable, confident and ready for this game. All things being equal, we will win. That is our hope for today,” he said.The Wolmerians are no push-over, but apart from the one blemish inflicted by Dinthill, their backline has been almost imp-eccable. Goalkeeper Erick Edwards, Tremaine Williams and Andrade Hunt will make it difficult for Wolmer’s to breach.Meanwhile, Romario Squire will add to the potent attacking force of Knight, Sterling, Russell and Alex Cummings.The game is poised to be a real humdinger between two schools that know how to find the back of the net.Last year, almost all the Manning Cup-based schools moved into the semis. This time around, Clarendon, STETHS and Glenmuir are hoping to mix things up with a run into the semis, providing they each log wins and, of course, the big dance – the final – where they seek to pocket a cool $1 million.”The final is where we need to be, but of course, we need to take care of business here and then we have a semi-final to get by,” said Davis, who, at the start of the season, said he has all the trophies in his sight.
Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association President Nicole Grant-Brown said the country’s representatives surpassed expectations at the inaugural Caribbean Gymnastics Championships.”We expected the team to do well but they have done exceptionally well,” Grant-Brown told The Gleaner. “They worked very hard and performed way above their ability.”The young representatives topped the regional competition on the weekend at the National Indoor Sports Centre as they amassed 258 points to finish ahead of the Cayman Islands, 228, and Trinidad and Tobago, 219.Outstanding performancesThere were also outstanding performances from boys Samario Smalling, Atorio Brown, Steven Lewis, Daniel Williams, Thierry Lodge-McKnight, while among the girls Kaela Kai Yen, India Shirley, Jane Horan Taylor and Dijonae Cole were impressive.Lewis, a senior male, was the tournament’s top scorer with a score of 74.600. He had first-place finishes in Level Ten on the floor, vault and parallel bars. Williams was second with victory on the rings and pommel horse.Brown, performing at Level Eight, was the nation’s second top scorer with 62.950. He was perfect in winning all six disciplines (floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bars).The tournament’s third top scorer, Smalling, tallied 58.300 points after winning the Level Four men’s pommel and high bars, while placing second in floor exercise, vault and parallel bars, and third on the rings.Best femaleThe best female performance came from Taylor, who scored 38.450 in Level Three junior girls. Taylor won all four events – vault, bars, beam and floor.Shirley was also first in Level Two female events, taking the vault and floor exercise to top the group with 37.250 points.Kimoya Banks followed her closely with 37.000, although she had just one win, on the floor. Jamilla Duffs was the next best scorer with 34.250, although her only win also came on the floor.Yen, in Level Five, followed with 32.375 points. She was first on the vault, bar and floor for a total 32.375 points.Cole scored 9.500 after she claimed firsts on the vault, bar and floor exercise for Level Three junior women.There were also great performances from Trinidad’s Natayla Lewis, Sydell Hines, Serena Burke, Keyara Prince, Rhenece Andrews, Karresa Kirton, Adrianna Houston and Amethyst Cuffy, and Cayman’s Igor Magalhes and Kaleb Woolaver.The tournament was basically a juniors championship, asthe organisers thought that Jamaica’s senior team was too advanced for the other countries, which would have given them an unfair advantage. As a result, the junior scores were used to determine the placing of the teams.”We are really trying to focus a lot on the juniors to get them competing a lot more, as the seniors have a lot more competition and the juniors don’t have those things,” explained Grant-Brown.”We are preparing our athletes for championships, because come next year when we have the Pan Am, the CAC championships and Commonwealth Games we will be included in these tournaments, so we can be in a position where we are included because we were not included last time (year) and we want to make sure we are competing in as many things as we possibly can,” she added.
ATLANTA, Georgia (CMC): Former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, Jamaican O’Neil Bell, was shot dead early Wednesday during a robbery, Atlanta police have confirmed. The 40-year-old, who resided in Atlanta, was alighting from a bus when he was shot and then robbed by two assailants, who subsequently escaped. He was pronounced dead on the scene. A second person, who was unidentified, suffered a gunshot wound to the hip and was hospitalised. Police are investigating and are seeking the public’s assistance in finding Bell’s killers. The fighter held the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, and the International Boxing Federation cruiserweight titles in a 13-year career which boasted a 27-4-1 record. He was only the second boxer after the legendary Evander Holyfield to accomplish the feat of unifying all three titles. Bell captured the vacant IBF title in 2005 and then shot to prominence when he won the WBC and WBA belts a year later by beating Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck. He was subsequently stripped of the IBF title after pulling out of a card and then surrendered the WBC and WBA belts after losing to Mormeck a year later. Bell’s last bout was four years ago when he stopped American Rico Carson 58 seconds into the first round of their bout in Arlington, Virginia.
PERTH, Australia (AP): Steve Smith and George Bailey scored centuries and shared a 242-run partnership as Australia beat India by five wickets in the series-opening limited-overs international yesterday, reaching the victory target of 310 with four balls to spare. After winning the toss and batting, the visitors posted 309-3 with Rohit Sharma scoring an unbeaten 171 from 163 balls and Virat Kohli contributing 91 to a 207-run second-wicket partnership, surpassing the record 199 for India against Australia held by Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman since 2001. The Indian top-order batsmen dominated an inexperienced Australian attack on the true WACA wicket, with James Faulkner’s 2-60 the pick of the bowling figures. The World Cup champions were in trouble at 2-21 in reply, with Barinda Sran (3-56) removing opener Aaron Finch (8) and David Warner (5) before Smith and Bailey set up the victory with the fourth-highest ODI partnership ever for Australia. Momentum swung after Bailey was given not out after appearing to glove a leg-side catch off Sran to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his first ball. With no Decision Review System in play, India had nowhere else to appeal when umpire Richard Kellenborough ruled Bailey not out. STRONG INNINGS He went on to score 112 from 120 balls and was instrumental in helping Smith, who scored 149 from 135 balls before he was dismissed in the last over, take the ascendancy against India’s slow bowlers in the middle overs. The match was all but over when Smith chipped Sran to cover on the first ball of the last over. Mitch Marsh finished unbeaten on 12 and James Faulkner (1) hit the winning run as Australia reached 310-5. Smith, the Australia captain, won the Man of the Match award despite the strong innings from Sharma, who recorded the highest score by a visiting batsman against Australia in Australia.
Reggae Boyz captain Je-vaughn Watson says the new look Jamaica team set to take on Honduras today in an international friendly at BBVA Compass stadium in Texas, USA, at 8:30 p.m. Jamaica time, is on the right path and he expects an improved performance and a win. Watson, who was appointed captain when Theodore Whitmore started as interim coach back in September, told The Gleaner the players are united and enthusiastic and are all willing to ‘fight’ for a win. “It’s (team) on the right path, even though it’s a young team, the chemistry is good and when you have good chemistry you can do lots of good things. If guys are not gelling it’s not going to work. Everyone is born Jamaican, they are willing to fight to make sure we win,” he said from the team’s hotel during a telephone interview yesterday. “Every game, we try to win so we will try to win because the last game we lost and losing is a habit. So we have to try to win this game and step up the ranking,” Watson added. In the team’s last outing against USA, the Boyz spent most of the match defending. But Watson defended his troops’ performance and promised an improve display for tonight’s contest. “The last game, we put out a young team against a strong USA team, and the weather we played in, a lot of the guys weren’t use to it. But it was a good result and although we wanted to win, we came up short. But we are still rebuilding and we only lost 1-0, but we created a lot of chances and did not capitalise, so we are hoping when we go out tomorrow (today), we can capitalise and score some goals,” he commented. RIGHT PATH
Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz went down 5-0 to the United States in their opening CONCACAF Championships game at the Estadio Maracan· de Panam· on Sunday.The Andrew Edwards-coached team held their opponent scoreless for the first-half despite giving up a 20th-minute penalty, which was saved by goalkeeper Tajay Griffths. For the remainder of the half, it was the Jamaican captain, Griffiths, who kept the team in the game up to the interval with a string of brilliant saves.However, after the break, the floodgates opened with Chris Durkin finding the opener for the Americans with a header from a corner in the 52nd minute.NOTHING COULD BE DONEThe Americans kept the Jamaicans on the back foot and Griffiths continued to be the only reason the Jamaicans did not fall further behind, but there was nothing he could do when Tim Weah struck again in the 77th minute.Three minutes from time, Josh Sargant made it 3-0 when he snuck between Kendall Edwards and Griffiths to toe the ball into an unguarded net. It didn’t take long for the Jamaicans to fall further behind as, a minute later Ayo Akinola broke through and fired a fourth past Griffiths before putting the game to bed with another late strike in time added on.Mexico and El Salvador were down to play the other game in the group. The Jamaicans will take on El Salvador in their next game, which is a must win, on Wednesday.